We rotationally graze as much as we can with a rule the sheep should not be in a paddock for more than 7-days. Well, 7-days is up for our weaners and though they haven't grazed the paddock (Delta) down enough, time is up and they are going into Echo paddock today. After Echo paddock has had 7-days of grazing, we will move the weaners to another rotation and bring in the 800+ mixed aged ewes that are due to start lambing from 26th August.
Leaves grow leaves, which means leaving some behind enables the plants to recover faster from grazing. However, in a few rotations with spring approaching, we may not have enough mouths to eat it down quick enough to prevent older leaves being left behind. The plan is that because the block of paddocks is growing too fast for the weaners, we'll bring in the ewes from another rotation. With their future lambs and higher feed requirement, they can hopefully graze the paddocks down better.
The weaners are being drafted frequently from today to take off all the wethers >45kg live weight (LW), which will only cause more pasture to not be utilised. Hence, our need to bring in trade sheep to fatten up ASAP. The target is to bring in ~4,000 trade sheep on 90ha to utilise the spring flush and have them all gone by the end of the year. If you're in WA and have store lambs available between now and October, please call our agent Allan Pearce on 0477331001.